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Do not confuse Destruction with Darkness. Darkness feeds on Creation. It needs life to make evil. Destruction fears Creation. Destruction only wants to erase all life.

Destruction is an elemental essence[1] in Ninjago. It is the opposite of Creation and is purple in color. It is the power Garmadon inherited from his father, originating from the Oni, who are a race of demons from the Realm of Oni and Dragons.

Users' abilities

  • Destruction Inducement - The user can destroy objects, possibly even objects of great size, (like in the episode "Spellbound," when Garmadon uses Spinjitzu to destroy the objects possessed by Clouse's Dark Magic).
    • Hakai-Ergokinesis - This ability gives the user the power to manipulate destructive energy (like in "An Underworldly Takeover," when Garmadon uses this ability in the form of Spinjitzu against Samukai, throwing him backward with a strong force, and in "True Potential," when he uses energy blasts to attack Lloyd).
      • Destructive Energy Ball Projection - The user can shoot balls of purple destructive energy (demonstrated in the episode "True Potential").
      • Destructive Energy Beam Projection - As demonstrated by Omega and the Oni staffs, they can fire beams of pure Destructive Energy at an opponent.
      • Destructive Shield Generation - As demonstrated by Lord Garmadon, in "True Potential," it allows the user to use their destructive powers as a shield against enemy attacks. Whereas Garmadon used this move to block Lloyd's Energy Blasts. In "Green Destiny," this power was used to resist against a massive amount of molten metal generated by Firstbourne.
    • Disintegration - The user can disintegrate objects (like Garmadon did in the form of Spinjitzu against the objects possessed by Clouse's Dark Magic in the episode "Spellbound.")
    • Destructive Blast - As demonstrated by Lord Garmadon in "Green Destiny" this power can be used to generate a massive explosion of pure destructive energy. This power was even strong enough to blast the Firstbourne, Lloyd, and Wu off of Borg Tower.
    • Destructive Summoning/Controlling - As demonstrated by Lord Garmadon in "The Gilded Path," he was able to channel his Destructive Powers in the form of a weak destructive blast to summon and control his dark Creation, "Colossus." When Skylor replicated some of Garmadon's powers she was able to use it to take control of the Colossus but the strain on her caused her to faint and her eyes turned purple.
    • Dark Strength Enhancement - As demonstrated by the Colossus, it allows the user to enhance their strength with the element of Destruction. Garmadon also used this move to enhance his own strength.
    • Telekinetic Choking - It allows the user to tear and choke objects and people apart on certain distances, just like Garmadon tearing apart Mr. E.
    • Umbra-Electrokinesis - The user can create and manipulate a corrupted version of Lightning (only seen once while Garmadon was using it to disturb the Ninjas' sleep in "The Green Ninja"). With this ability, the user can presumably shock an adversary, though this is never shown.
    • Elemental creation - As demonstrated by Mystake in "Saving Faith," this power allows the user to make weapons (in Mystake's case staffs) out of pure destructive power. In "Green Destiny," Garmadon used this power to create four glowing purple daggers. Garmadon later used this ability during his showdown with the Omega, creating a similar staff.
  • Longevity - The Oni are extremely long-lived and capable of living a long time just like a dragon. Those of Oni descent are also capable of living a prolonged life, as demonstrated by the First Spinjitzu Master who was half Oni and lived for thousands of years. Mystake, a full-blooded Oni, lived for even longer. Wu and Garmadon, who are quarter Oni have lived for thousands of years.
  • Dark Magic - According to Mystake in "The Weakest Link," the Oni have Dark Magic, which they can enhance at will. However, we don‘t know, what the Oni can do with their Dark Magic, except the fact that they used it to conjure black clouds to petrify whoever they touch, create and manipulate illusions, shape-shift, and teleport other Oni.
    • Teleportation - As demonstrated by The Omega in "The Fall," he teleported some of the Oni to his location. In "Dread on Arrival" the Oni Masks were able to teleport Garmadon from the Departed Realm to Ninjago.
    • Shapeshifting - As mentioned by Iron Baron, the Oni can shapeshift into anyone. However, it won't protect them when they're in a Dragon's presence because they can sense and smell Oni. In "Endings" Garmadon used this transformation ability to transform into an Oni and greatly enhance his strength and powers.
    • Darkness Tentacles - Allows the user to create tentacles of darkness. In Season 10, the Oni used this to petrify the citizens of Ninjago.
      • Petrification - As demonstrated by the Oni in "The Darkness Comes," users are able to use their Destructive Magic in the form of black clouds to petrify whomever they touch. This ability, however, was ineffective against other Oni and those of Oni descent.
  • Combat Empowerment - As demonstrated by Garmadon in "Into the Breach," he gained power from fighting against the Ninja and said, "it's the fight that fuels me." His powers were enhanced as long as there was a fight going on between him and his opponent, but if the opponent resists, his powers start to weaken. After he lost his powers, he used this very same technique to regain his powers after sparring with the Ninja on their ship.

There are other abilities originating from Destruction that are available to the Oni or those who use the Oni Masks. However, it is also possible that the Master of Destruction can employ these abilities, seeing as Garmadon in his evil form has four arms, and his power is enhanced with Oni magic.

  • Telekinesis - Allows the user to control, move, and manipulate objects by using telekinesis. Garmadon used this in "Big Trouble, Little Ninjago," when he telekinetically pulled huge chunks of rocks with his Creation and Destruction powers to create the Colossus.
  • Invincibility (Magma Stone) - Turns the user's entire body into invulnerable magma stone and destructive lava.
  • Multiple Arms/Enhanced Swordsmanship/Power Reflection - Turns the user into a master swordsman with two additional arms and gives them the ability to catch and deflect other people's powers.
    • Attack Prediction: It also allows the user to react to attacks and send them at opponents at lightning-fast speeds.
  • Resurrection - When all three Oni Masks are united a user can perform an ancient Oni ritual to bring back an Oni (full-blooded or hybrid) from Death back to the living world. To complete this ritual, it requires the 3 Oni Masks and a hair from each living relative of the Oni. Harumi and the Sons of Garmadon performed this ritual to bring back Lord Garmadon from the Departed Realm to Ninjago.

Notable users



With the Oni Masks



Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu


Season 1: Rise of the Snakes

Season 4: Tournament of Elements

Season 7: The Hands of Time

Season 8: Sons of Garmadon

Season 9: Hunted

Season 10: March of the Oni

Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu



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  • Destruction is one of the few "dark" elements, the others being Shadow and Darkness.
    • When asked if Darkness and Destruction are the same, Tommy Andreasen said, "Can’t get into that. Too complicated."[2] Bragi Schut said, "They are different in my opinion. The Oni power of destruction is more of an opposite to the dragon power of creation. The overlord is an embodiment of evil and darkness."[3]
  • According to Tommy Andreasen, Destruction is not an inherently evil ability. Rather, it went out of check in Garmadon when he was bitten by the Great Devourer.[4]
  • In 2016, Andreasen stated that Garmadon no longer had Destruction after being purified in the Final Battle.[5] However, later that year he stated that it went out of check after Garmadon was bitten by the Great Devourer and was in check again after he was purified.[6] The latter was eventually proven true when the First Spinjitzu Master's backstory was explained in "The Oni and the Dragon," as both Destruction and Creation were revealed to be an intrinsic part of the First Spinjitzu Master and his sons.
  • In "Saving Faith," Destruction proved to be too powerful for Skylor to wield. Though, this may be due to the fact that she was trying too hard to control the Colossus. Also, she was struggling against Garmadon to control it, and Garmadon is the master of it.
  • Destruction is one of the most powerful elemental essences due to the fact that Skylor, who was one of the most powerful Elemental Masters, could not stand the power it took to use Destruction.
  • Golden Power/Creation is stronger than Destruction, as the Oni, the main users of this element, coward before the power held within the Golden Armor.
  • Garmadon is said by Mystake to hold "a destructive power [she] has never seen," meaning he may be more powerful than any Oni. This may be because the power Garmadon uses is combined with Creation, as he is said to have the power to "create and destroy."
    • However, this is contradicted by how Garmadon himself fears the Oni even with his full potential unlocked, seeing the need to unite Ninjago to be able to potentially go to war with the Oni and win. This could mean that while his strength is at least greater than a single Oni, he would be overpowered if he faced all the Oni alone.
      • It was shown that Garmadon is indeed able to overpower other Oni easily but he was outclassed in terms of power by the leader of the Oni, the Omega, as well as being at a disadvantage against Mystake.
        • His father, the First Spinjitzu Master and wielder of the Golden Power, the true form of Creation, is more powerful than any Oni as even the Omega fear him and the presence of his power kept them from invading Ninjago and he is, therefore, more powerful than Garmadon, making the First Spinjitzu Master the most powerful user of Destruction currently known.
  • Despite the power to shapeshift being similar to the element of form, Destruction is not related to Form in any way.[7]
  • It is nearly identical to Darkness. Darkness could be the true form of Destruction like how Golden power is the true form of Creation.
  • The ability Garmadon showed with telekinetically choking other beings is very similar to the ability Darth Vader possesses. Darth Vader has choked several Generals working for him when they fail to carry out his bidding, just like how Garmadon killed Mr. E and tried to kill Harumi when they failed to capture Lloyd and stop the Resistance from broadcasting their message respectively.
  • It feeds off of creating conflict with others because when Lloyd was fighting Garmadon, it made him stronger.
    • Additionally, refusing to engage in conflict weakens it because when Lloyd used the Art of the Silent Fist against Garmadon, it dissipated until it stopped working.
    • It seems when an elemental master uses Destruction the person seems to lose any sense of giving up and loses their rationality and by extension, their sanity. However, these effects are apparently temporary.
  • Tommy Andreasen implied that Chen didn't need Garmadon's power for the transformation spell because Destruction is not an element.[8]


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